Mark Dixon (Dana Andrews) don’t take no guff. Get in his face, cross him, and things happen, bad things. Trouble is he’s a cop, a tough cop who’s lost his balance. He’s got no room for ambiguity. It’s either right or wrong. Then he crosses the line: rousting a suspect…
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Cinematography by Joseph LaShelle. "Desire" list. For whom who began his cinephilia with film screenings of classical Hollywwod "noir" on television- the way it was!- men like Bogart, G. Robinson, Cagney, Garfield, etc. became friends of mine, in their dark and fear scenarios. I fixed immediately Dana Andrews, for his confident face and secure voice, a man whose shoulder suited to my apprehensive face.
At times I think this is probably Preminger's best film. Usually I re-convince myself that Laura really is his top movie, but its close. Dana Andrews is tough in this one and everything works. One hard noir that is a must-see.